New American Standard Bible
"Others snatch the orphan from the breast, And against the poor they take a pledge.
King James Bible
They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
Darby Bible Translation
They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor:
World English Bible
There are those who pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor,
Young's Literal Translation
They take violently away From the breast the orphan, And on the poor they lay a pledge.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
They pluck the fatherless from the breast - That is, they steal away unprotected children, and sell them, or make slaves of them for their own use. If this is the correct interpretation, then there existed at that time, what has existed since, so much to the disgrace of mankind, the custom of kidnapping children, and bearing them away to be sold as slaves. Slavery existed in early ages; and it must have been in some such way that slaves were procured. The wonder of Job is, that such people were permitted to live - that God did not come forth and punish them. The fact still exists, and the ground of wonder is not diminished. Africa bleeds under wrongs of this kind; and the vengeance of heaven seems to sleep, though the child is torn away from its mother, and conveyed, amid many horrors, to a distant land, to wear out life in hopeless servitude.
And take a pledge of the poor - Take that, therefore, which is necessary for the comfort of the poor, and retain it, so that they cannot enjoy its use; see the notes at Job 22:6.
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Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
The Desire of the Righteous Granted;
"You would even cast lots for the orphans And barter over your friend.
"For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause, And stripped men naked.
"They are wet with the mountain rains And hug the rock for want of a shelter.
"They cause the poor to go about naked without clothing, And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, And the orphan who had no helper.
The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people, "It is you who have devoured the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
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